Meet the Artist: Frances Mackinnon

12308573_1518554358456522_5608909289194098566_nHello! I’m Frances Mackinnon, and I’m one of the assistant directors for Peter Pan, I decided to write this at 10pm instead of doing homework at the beginning of tech week so obviously my priorities are in order, enjoy:

What sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone who can handle the smell of the James Barr auditorium for 2 hours. (it’s actually not that bad)

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
One of the many enhancements that Figg has added to Peter Pan was to make the crocodile Indian Dance based, and I love it so much. Aila is so talented and it adds so much to the production. Also Hook is a woman which is sick.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The most challenging part of the script for me is the star warrior dance entrance in act 1 because there are a lot of fast paced light cues, so if you’re like Emma and me you end up just hitting random buttons until light appears. (don’t worry Figgs I’m obviously kidding, right?)

What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
“Those light cues were on point.” or “Wow, the assistant directors really pulled the whole cast together.”

4G7A0840What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The extreme talent of the assistant directors.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Lin Manuel-Miranda, just cause I wanna be in his presence.

Who has the best costume?
The star warriors costumes are so bad*#% I love it. I mean water-colored unitards with sparkles, what can go wrong?

Who in the show is most like their character?
Peter Pan is basically a glorified version of Zach Ginkel.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Getting people to write their actor bios.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
It’s a stage direction actually, “chaotic dancing ensues” I think it perfectly describes the play.

Besides yourself, which actor/director in this production is going to blow people away?
Emma Zander, for putting up with me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A unicorn.

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Maggie Smith.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Reading Harry Potter, drinking tea and not doing homework. Then a bath, dinner and bed at 7pm. So pretty much the standard lost boy routine.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Laughing at myself for thinking I have a five-minute break.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Cry about fictional characters, mainly.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Wicked, but there are a million shows we haven’t done so just you wait.

Written By: Frances Mackinnon (2019)


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